Well, that was a bit of a strange picture. You can hint some chemistry between Stan and Ollie, except I'm seriously just not feeling their possibilities of being a comedic team, yet. Next film will help straighten things up, and shows them definitely being a team. The way I see this is just Oliver Hardy is in a movie and Laurel is being a comic. Now, from the YouTube video I saw things were a bit hazy, so here is the description from what I saw:
Hardy needs to pick up his nephew Phillip. Phillip ( Laurel) turns out to be a Scottish fellow with a habit for women. Phillip serves as an embarrassment to Hardy, who has built a reputation around the street. Laurel's behind is revealed, and Hardy immediately gets him sized for pants. Only, Phillip will not budge. At all. So, they just give Phillip pants to put on. Next, when Phillip and Ollie go on a double-decker bus, Phillip spots some women to go change. Hardy realizes how much Phillip wants to get the girl, so tries to get her with horrid results. Then, Philip tries to get her, by putting a bit of his clothes to save her from going in a mud puddle. When Hardy goes to retrieve the clothing, Hardy falls in the mud puddle.
Wow! That was a hard description to write! However, there is a couple of things that don't really work in this movie. Shall I go through them? Yes, I shall.
As I said before, Stan and Ollie don't feel like a team, just yet. That's why I have mixed feelings about this film. I would immediately like a LAUREL AND HARDY film, but this feels like a vehicle for Ollie, with Stan as comedic relief. However, I feel like this is just a opinion. Now, I'll proceed with the review and not pay any attention to this.
2nd, I don't like the idea of Ollie having everybody laugh at him about Phillip. It's a bit frustrating for this to happen to such an innocent character like Ollie. However, that is the genesis of most L&H movies, so it doesn't really matter. That idea could've been done much better rather than having the whole entire neighborhood laugh at Ollie instead of laughing at Phillip, whom they should be laughing at.
So, I think those are the only things that I dislike about this movie. Now, what do I like about this movie?
The end where Ollie somehow falls into the mud puddle. Man, Ollie fell into so many mud puddles throughout his career, you could probably make a compilation film called " The Many Mud Puddles in Which Hardy Falls Into". Which I'm surprised Robert Youngson didn't make.. Whatever. It's just a funny idea of having both Stan and the lady survive the mud puddle, while Ollie happens to fall in.
Also, I like the part where they ride the double-decker bus, because I have never experienced a bus quite like that and it's an exciting view for someone who has never experienced one ( unless you count in a Our Gang movie I watched where they ALMOST got to ride a double-decker bus, but they kept disrupting the bus).
The whole idea of when Hardy wants to size Laurel for pants is a genius, and hands-down the best moment of this movie. Laurel's expressions while he will not get the pants on are hilarious, and so are Hardy's reactions. In fact, everybody's reactions in this scene are hilarious and memorable!
I usually do not complain about title cards, except there's a tad too much in the beginning of the movie. I understand it's to better understand the movie ( especially dialogue), but there's a bit much on the title cards. What would I rate this?